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Pussy bow blouse – a hotlips summer special

This one’s a light blog post as I have only a few photos to show you and some key thoughts about the sewing.  This is a sleeveless version of the Pussy Bow Blouse by Sew Over It.  Sleeveless you say?  Yes, it’s an easy conversion from the pattern with its long sleeves to making a version fit for spring/ summer without sleeves.  And the best thing?  Despite the fact that this has a long bow tie, I could get this blouse out of a metre.  More on that later.

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Just because I have less pics and fewer words, this in no way diminishes this make!  It is most certainly a star & super useful whilst fulfilling a gentle nod to secretary chic (but hardly!).  I made it using some kisses fabric from a Fabric Godmother sale (some kind of synthetic slippery fabric but I cannot remember any more than that).  I can’t exactly see Miss Jones wearing such cheeky fabric to the office, but I certainly would (if I was still in a corporate role.  But I’m not!  This is the kind of thing I wear to work now- jeans are in!  But Ultimate trousers get rather a look in too)  I have also worn this top with a denim skirt (my denim Arielle) & it looks very cute tucked in.  It’s great this time of year with a cardigan that can be peeled off as the temperature rises…

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So I have made the Pussy Bow blouse before and you can read about it here.  In this blog post I will just talk about what’s different.  And the reason why this pattern, unlike many other pussy bow blouses, is not fabric hungry.  You want to know?  Well many tie neck blouse patterns cut the scarf/ tie on the bias, but the Sew Over It pussy bow blouse cuts it on the straight grain – & proof in the making & wearing that it’s perfect – no bias needed.  Therefore, as you know, you can squeeze the cutting of the tie along one of the edges.

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OK, how to make it sleeveless.  Anything I can help with there?  Firstly, don’t cut the sleeves and cuffs out (hehehehe!).  But I made no adjustments to the bodice.  And I didn’t draft & cut facings for the armholes – I used bias binding.  It’s simple & doesn’t flap around at all.  And without sleeves it is an even quicker sew!

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So that’s it on my hot lips blouse.  Except that being a synthetic it doesn’t need ironing.  Score!  Lazy laundress is happy.  What do you think?  Might you give it a go?

Sew Not Over It! Pussy Bow Blouse and Ultimate Trousers

It has to be said that I have taken a long time to photograph my last pair of Ultimate trousers, despite them being more successful fit-wise than the previous pair.  The fabric was given to me by the resourceful Claire (Sew Incidentally ) many moons back at a Birmingham meet up.  It’s gorgeous quality, a suiting in what I call a mole colour & it is sleek to the touch and has some stretch to it as well.  Not my usual colour, but I just love browns with turquoise.  Another winning combo, but then anything with turquoise goes as far as I’m concerned.

Pussy Bow Blouse

Let’s just check out those Ultimate trousers shall we before we move swiftly on … they caused me no trouble sewing them up, & were a whizz bang pair of Ultimates.  Do they look summery to you?  I was wearing them last week – OK with turquoise shoes – & was told that I looked very summery – in November!

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OK that’s enough.  They’re useful, comfy & I love them….let’s get onto the turquoise.  And hey, this is not just any ol’ turquoise.  This is a dream of a fabric, with polka dots and shiny silkiness, from Sew Over It’s Islington‘s remnants bin.  It’s a polyester and feels like a light crepe de chine, but what do I know?  It could be similar to this, but don’t take my word for it.

Just because it was a remnant, doesn’t mean that it was junk, it was a quality 2 metre piece & had my name all over it.  When I visited Sew Over It’s parma violet painted shop, I have to say I reverted to “child in sweet shop”, such was the temptation.  I confess to spending more than I should, but it felt like Monopoly money, & I lost any sense of self control, snapping up the Pussy Bow blouse pattern too (& some fabric for my 1940s tea dress & another jersey remnant too.  Shhh.  Don’t make me feel any more guilty!).

Pussy Bow blouse

Now if you’ve read previous posts you know I have a thing for the Pussy Bow, & had just been inspired by how a Pussy bow blouse, made of the right fabric, can be dressed down with jeans & is not necessarily strictly for the office.  Karen & I got to fondle one of Lisa’s blouses that she had made up as a sample, out of navy georgette or chiffon.

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It was upon spying the details – the rouleaux fastened slimline cuffs for example that we swooned a little, then both caved.

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So this fabric and pattern were burning a hole in my consciousness.  If I didn’t make it up soon, I was in danger of becoming an unrequited obsessive, even though it so did not feature in my current sewing plan (which is quite heavily gift oriented at the moment).  So selfish urges were satisfied & I just got on with it.  It’s designed with plenty of ease, & I cut out the 8- according to my bust measurement & went for version 2, the v neck version.  This turned out just fine, fit-wise.

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It must have taken a few hours to make, so my selfish streak did not last too long.  There are no fastenings, you just pop this pop over your head, so that makes the bodice come together nice & quickly.  Before you know it, you are attaching the tie neck.  The pattern instructions were very clear about how to do this if you haven’t done it before.  The fabric being silky (but with a slight crepey feel to it) did not cause me any issues sewing, (I always use a walking foot though) & I took my time sewing the neck facing & cuffs down by hand.  I could have sewn French Seams throughout, but  after having recently made a gent’s shirt & French seamed it to then make faux lapped seams I just couldn’t be bothered.  Lisa’s sample had been overlocked so that convinced me & I do not regret it- my overlocker gives such a nice finish anyway.  There are times when a French Seam feels the right thing to do, & times when you just lose the halo.

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Little discussion on this blog post about the Ultimate Trousers, but I am pleased with them

What else do you need to know?  The sleeves have gathers at the cuffs at the top (so cute) & also to ease them into the arm hole – but they are not overly pouffy at the sleeve head – the kind of sleeves I like.

*Something I have added since writing – check out the Pussy Bow blouse Sewalong over at SewOverIt’s blog here.*

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This blouse has been down to London town and worn with jeans to see Morrissey.  Of course I had noodles & managed to splatter soy sauce amongst its polka dots.  But I LOVE it.  I did not feel “Dog Toby” as Jane would say.  It was a wise purchase, one of those investment buys that feels naughty at the time, but that pays dividends in being a firm wardrobe favorite.   And I can see some future blouses in solids using this pattern.

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I think this could be something I try harder at next year – making investment buys to sew *just right* garments.  And making sure I sew them, & don’t leave them shrouded in tissue paper in my “special” drawer.  What do you think?  More investment pieces?  Maybe that’s how you sew already?  If so, do you have a mantra that could help me shift my fabric buying & sewing behaviour??  I’m interested to know what works for you?!  It’s time for a change!

Bow blouse/ dress patterns (in my stash)

I’ve been meaning to gather my growing collection of bow blouse patterns and bow dress patterns together in a single blog post to 1. marvel & appreciate them & 2. share the love because there must be other sewsters out there who love a good bow / tie neck, 3. to check out whether any of you have made any of my patterns that I have only got as far as gazing adorably (or quizzically) at & 4. to see how many I have so that I know that I really have as many as I need!  Join me, if you will, for a wander around my bow blouse patterns/ bow dress patterns…

Simplicity 2614 Tie neck blouseFirst up is a pattern I’ve used a couple of times now, here being the latest.  Simplicity 2614 You  know what though?  I do love it, the cut of the bodice is really flattering & is great tucked out or in.  I have a feeling I may use it for my birthday Liberty fabric (the dark not the pink) as I feel this fabric needs a lower cut neckline away from my face.  Sleeveless.

B3082

Vintage Butterick 3082 is next, another one that I have shared with you in the past.  I’m actually in the process of using this pattern for a frilly number made with chiffon & a button back.  Honestly?  OK, I’m rumbled, it’s a UFO while I work out whether the amount of frillage (despite moderating it) is still too clown-like.  But the other views of this pattern, the bow neck with or without collar, also appeal greatly to me – very secretary chic.  I could imagine it in all sorts of fabrics: solid colours, pin stripes, crisp cottons or dreamy chiffon.

Hot Patterns tie me downNow what has been capturing my imagination is the idea of making a jersey tie neck top.  Enter Hot Patterns Tie me down  pattern.  Just look at it & try to find fault.  Can you imagine anything more dreamy than a comfy, easy to care for, easy to sew yet super chic knit tie neck blouse?  It uses shirring to gather the yoke & take in a little at the back.  I have some black wool mix jersey & my black shirring elastic *just waiting*.  Poised.

Pussy galore blouse

OK, so you know I was also given this wonderful Pussy Galore blouse by Eliza M for my birthday.  It was not a coincidence, I did put out the hints!!  It seemed too perfect for me to try to replicate it myself.  The cut & fit of the blouse, the proportion of the cute short sleeves.   And the exciting news?  Yes, it is actually cut out & being sewn in tandem with my Polka Dot Frock Fest dress.  You see I had more than enough fabric for both ….watch this space.

V8829

Now I’ve had this pattern, Vogue 8829 about 6 months & was taken by its bow necked dress-ness.  I liked the variations in the skirt style (a line & straight oo yes), the capped sleeves as well as the long sleeves.  There was something I felt could be charming about this dress as long as fabric choice was right.  Looking at the envelope I cannot say I am taken with the illustrations, but still have faith.  It’s one of the few patterns I have with this higher neck though, so whether it’ll suit me I will have to see.  I was originally going to make this up in the red polka dot that is now my current New Look 6000 & Eliza M pussy bow blouse.  I’d be interested to know if anyone’s made this & what they used.

V2032

Now this beauty(Vogue 2032) is strictly speaking a tie neck dress & guess why I love it?  Yes, I can see it being made up in jersey, can’t you?  It reminds me of the Miz Mozelle dress.  I like the short sleeved versions the best.  Could you see it in purple with white piping?   Or even purple with a white collar?  Oo, happily I have a nice long length of purple jersey …

IMG_4960I found this gem amongst a collection of 80s patterns that a friend kindly gave me.  It’s the sleeveless version I have taken a fancy to.  Pretty for summer.  Surely I can make it relevant to 2013?

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This one is my riskiest pattern, but look closely & what potential it has.  Gathered yoke (pretty) & full button front.  Its skirt is slightly different shape to the previous one, but it has the similar lower cut neckline which suits me better.  It was another pattern I rescued.

Would you have believed that I could have this many of different variations of the bow blouse/ bow dress?  And looking this closely at them I don’t feel they duplicate each other too badly & evoke guilt for having so many!  They all sport subtle differences, but I am convinced not to look for any others!!!

Do you have a favorite bow blouse pattern?  Have you made any of these above?  I’d be intrigued especially if you have made any of the 80s patterns!!